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Chapultepec Castle has been seat of the National Museum of History for 65 years; to celebrate it, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) created the virtual visit on the Internet, where public can tour 55 spaces and exhibitions that show how our country has developed through time.

Areas restricted to public can be visited in a virtual way, such as restoration workshops, the warehouse and the observation tower known as Caballero Alto.

Exhibition halls and other spaces at the Castle can be visited on-line at www.inah.gob.mx/paseosvirtuales, where 360° panoramic views and audio archives conform the virtual guided tour though this 18th century historical building.

Constructed by Viceroy Bernardo de Galvez orders between 1785 and 1787 to be a country house, Chapultepec Castle has had different uses though history: military academy, imperial residence of Maximilian and Charlotte of Habsburg, as well as presidential seat for several periods, until 1944, when President Lazaro Cardenas ordered its transformation into a museum.

The visit divides in great moments of Mexican history, beginning in Prehispanic Age, followed by New Spain Reign, Mexican Empire, Independence War, The Reform, Mexican Revolution, 1917 Constitution and The Modern Age.

Different sections of the museum’s collection can be appreciated at the virtual visit, such as Numismatics, Painting, Clothing, Furniture and Documents, integrated by objects from 16th to 20th century.

Among spaces that can be visited outstands Charlotte and Porfirio Diaz bedrooms, Virreyes, Gobelinos and Malaquitas rooms, Carriages and Niños Heroes halls, as well as mural paintings located in stairwells.

An impressive view of Mexico City from Caballero Alto watchtower, where the first astronomical observatory was, can be admired only in the Internet, as well as warehouses and restoration workshops.

The virtual visit offers a gallery integrated by 137 photographs, 66 information cards, 2 videos, an article about the museum and a general information section that helps real visitors to get there.

National Museum of History “Castillo de Chapultepec” virtual visit adds up to other virtual tours created by INAH and available at its official Web Page, such as tours to Malinalco Archaeological Site, National Museums of Anthropology and Viceroyalty, Templo Mayor Museum, and archaeological sites of Yaxchilan and Palenque in Chiapas and Chichen Itza in Yucatan, among others.